Dan Katz

WSHU News Director

Dan began his career in public radio at WUFT-FM in Gainesville while attending the University of Florida. As host and producer of the Front Page Edition of All Things Considered, he interviewed several key political figures as well as some controversial personalities. He has been recognized by the Florida Associated Press and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for his feature reporting.

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NTSB: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To Sleep Disorders

Nov 19, 2014
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

In December of 2013, an engineer fell asleep while driving a Metro-North train in the Bronx.  It derailed, killing 4 people. 

The NTSB released a report on Wednesday with safety recommendations.  Among those recommendations is that railroads should routinely screen employees who perform "safety-sensitive" functions for sleep disorders.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says they've made the recommendation to regulators of all transportation industries. He says, for example, it’s been helpful for the trucking industry.

Malloy, Foley debate for the 4th time

Oct 10, 2014
AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met for their fourth debate of this election season. Things got personal for the gubernatorial candidates once again.

In recent debates, Malloy has questioned Foley’s business ethics and claimed that Foley had lied to the FBI about a 1981 car crash, that had involved Foley spending a night in jail. Foley has questioned Malloy’s integrity, saying voters can't trust him because he was investigated for corruption when he was mayor of Stamford.

AP Photo/Pedro Rivera

Connecticut lawmakers are scheduled to hold a public hearing this week, as they attempt to draft regulations for the use of drones.

States are limited in how they can regulate unmanned aircrafts. That's because national airspace is under the jurisdiction of the  Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA is currently working on its own regulations for drones, but states can restrict how police and other government employees use drones.

Authorities in Ridgefield, Connecticut are investigating the death of a 15 month old child who was left unattended in a hot car on Monday. Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance says leaving a child alone in a car could be considered a felony.

"It seems like it is an issue that's risen to the surface," Vance said, "It seems like parents should not be reminded about this but we're doing that we're reminding them."

Democratic Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Louise Slaughter of New York are sponsoring legislation in the Republican-controlled House that would remove any doubt that the U.S. Department of Agriculture can issue recalls for unsafe meat, poultry, or egg products. Under current law, the USDA can only issue a recall if a product is considered to be "adulterated".

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